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Talk Networking receives Business Innovation Award at Rutland and Stamford Mercury Business Awards 2021



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Talk Networking founder Felicity Francis couldn’t attend the Mercury Business Awards ceremony after being struck down with a chest infection.

But that didn’t stop her receiving the Business Innovation award ‘virtually’ after judges felt her networking company came up with solutions for small businesses at the height of the covid pandemic.

Appearing by video call on a mobile phone, Felicity was able to thank Harry Butson from award sponsor Alltech, who presented the trophy to Julian Webb from Change 2 Achieve on her behalf.

Julian Webb from Change 2 Achieve and Harry Butson from Alltech tell Felicity Francis that she has won via a video call
Julian Webb from Change 2 Achieve and Harry Butson from Alltech tell Felicity Francis that she has won via a video call

Speaking after the event, Felicity said she had read the nominations and was convinced one of the other nominees would win.

“I’d received a message from Rob Persani to tell me the Business Innovation category was up next, and the next thing I knew he was video calling me. There I was, in my pyjamas waving at the whole room! It was absolutely amazing to win.”

Alltech
Alltech

Felicity added that she has worked “harder than ever” during the pandemic in order to revolutionise the way networking is done online so that it generates more leads for small businesses.

Runners up in the Business Innovation category were Drafft Grains, which makes cereals, and Peters’ Cleaners, which offers dry cleaning and laundry services.

Felicity Francis was unable to attend the ceremony on Friday and received her trophy this week
Felicity Francis was unable to attend the ceremony on Friday and received her trophy this week

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